ROGERS CUP TORONTO WILDCARDS ANNOUNCED
Canadians Dubois and Tetreault join former No. 1 Kim Clijsters in main draw
Tennis Canada announced Wednesday the three wild card entries into the ladies singles main draw of Rogers Cup scheduled for August 15-23 at Rexall Centre in Toronto. Belgian Kim Clijsters, along with Canadians Stephanie Dubois and Valerie Tetreault will be among the 56 players competing in the third-oldest tournament behind only Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. Additionally, qualifying wild cards and pre-qualifying entries have been determined.
“We are excited to add Kim, Stephanie and Valerie to the main draw of Rogers Cup,” said tournament director Karl Hale. “They will add excitement and high-level tennis to one of the best player fields in the world. Canadians have shown they belong on the world tennis stage.”
Clijsters, the 2005 Rogers Cup champion, has returned to tennis after a two-year absence following marriage and the birth of her first child. Clijsters was ranked No. 1 for 19 weeks on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour and is one of only five women to hold the top spot for both singles and doubles simultaneously. Her first Tour match after retirement was a 6-4, 6-3 victory over world No. 13 Marion Bartoli in the first round at Cincinnati on Monday.
“So many things have changed. I got married, had a daughter, and that’s something that has a big impact on my life. It will change me as a player as well,” said Clijsters. “I’ve been practicing for seven months and I’m looking forward to my second career.
Dubois, 22, will be making her eighth appearance at Rogers Cup, having reached the third round twice, including in 2008 when she knocked off No. 13 seed Maria Kirilenko of Russia. Dubois, from Laval, Quebec, recently defeated former Top 30 player Sania Mirza in three sets to claim the 2009 Odlum Brown Vancouver Open. The second-ranked Canadian is currently listed at No. 104 on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour.
Tetreault, 21, has enjoyed a solid start to her professional career. The native of Saint- Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec has claimed three ITF events this year including Grapevine and El Paso in Texas, along with Carson, California. Ranked No. 162 on Tour, Tetreault is making her sixth appearance at Rogers Cup, having competed in the past five qualifying draws.
Wildcards were also decided for the Rogers Cup qualifying tournament that takes place August 15-16 at Rexall Centre. The 48-player event will determine the remaining 12 places into the tournament main draw. Athletes granted qualifying wildcards include: Eugenie Bouchard (Westmount, Quebec), Mallory Cecil* (Spartanburg, South Carolina), Heidi El Tabakh (Burlington, Ontario), Sharon Fichman (Toronto) and Rebecca Marino (Vancouver). *Note: Cecil was granted a wildcard based on a trade between Tennis Canada and IMG.
In addition to the five qualifying wildcards, one player from the pre-qualifying tournament will earn an entry into the weekend qualifying event. Marie-Eve Pelletier (Repentigny, Quebec), Gabriela Dabrowski (Ottawa), Melanie Gloria (Montreal) and Sonja Molnar (Guelph, Ontario) will compete in a single-elimination tournament for the lone spot.
The official draw for Rogers Cup will take place atop the CN Tower with Hale and tennis star Maria Sharapova on Friday, August 14 at 6:15 p.m. Fans can tune in via webcast at www.rogerscup.com.
Tickets are available at www.rogerscup.com or by calling 1-877-2-TENNIS.